1896                                  Coralia                                  1955 (1962)

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 64
Launched Feb 22, 1896

432’ LOA, 412’ LBP, 48’ beam, 28’ depth
1 deck, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1350 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH April 22, 1896 (#94)
413.2 x 48.0 x 24.0, 4330.87 GT, 3351.43 NT      US 127129     to:
Mutual Transportation Co., Cleveland OH, M. A. Hanna & Co., Mgr. (home port Cleveland OH)
(Fleet controlled by Elbert H. Gary’s Federal Steel Co. 1899-1901)

Entered service 1896

Fleet merged spring 1901 into Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Duluth MN, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr. (home port to Duluth MN)

Rebuilt 1920.  Forward cabins moved from abaft her second hatch to her forecastle.  
Remeasured to 4349 GT, 3264 NT

Sold April 26, 1927 to G. A. Tomlinson, Duluth MN and then on May 12, 1927 to Nicholson-Universal Steamship Co., Detroit MI.  Converted to auto carrier at Detroit MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works.

Requisitioned 1943 by U. S. War Shipping Administration, Washington DC.  Converted back to bulk carrier at Cleveland OH by G. A. Hendrickson Co. and reentered service managed by Overlakes Freight Corporation.

Sold 1947 to Overlakes Freight Corporation, Detroit MI and chartered to Troy H. Browning Steamship Co.

Sold 1949 to T. H. Browning Steamship Co., Detroit MI and renamed T. H. Browning

Renamed L. D. Browning 1952

Sold 1955 to Beta Lake Ship Co., Buffalo NY, a subsidiary of Continental Grain Co., for grain storage in Buffalo harbor and retired from active service.  Remeasured as a barge to 4442 GT, 4325 NT.  Sold for scrap 1962 to Marine Salvage Ltd.  Towed to Port Colborne ON May 1965 and partially scrapped, then towed to Hamilton ON and scrapped by Steel Company of Canada..

See history in Detroit Marine Historian May-June 1954 (#55)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 143




2 thoughts on “Coralia

  1. I would like to know why they put the name Coralia to that ship. I am looking to muy ancestrys. My grandfather was GEORGE JOSEPH NICHOLSON and I born in Remedios, Chiriqui, Panamá City, Panamá, 1949.


    • I don’t know how much you know about Great Lakes steamboat history so I’ll just say a few things to get you oriented into your question.

      The Hanna family of Cleveland managed vessels under what later became the M. A. Hanna fleet. Dr. Leonard Hanna was a cofounder of the fleet and two of his sons were Leonard and Marcus, both of whom were managers in the fleet. (Marcus was also widely known as one of the leaders of the Republican Party just before the start of the 20th century — for example, he was most probably the reason William McKinley became president in the 1890s.)

      One of the Hanna fleets was the Mutual Transportation Co., managed by Leonard (the younger). All four vessels in the fleet were given names beginning with C and ending with A (The others were Cambria, Corona and Corsica). It is my guess that Leonard decided to name the fourth ship of the fleet for his wife.

      I believe her name was actually Coralie but they had to change it to Coralia to make it fit with their naming system.

      Sterling Berry

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